We had such a wonderful trip to Myrtle Beach. I was really excited since this was our first trip as a family with Jillian. Jeff's parents own a condo along the water so Jeff and I have been vacationing in Myrtle Beach for at least ten years now. Every year we vacation with Jeff's parents and my brother in law's family. Jeff's brother has two little girls, our nieces, who are ages eight and ten. It is such a wonderful and special place to us, I couldn't wait to share it with our little girl!
One thing I learned on our trip was how to pack up a six month old! I think all in all, I spent over four hours packing up just her stuff. It was such a daunting task just getting started! I just started pulling items out of drawers and assessing every little thing she owned and tried to decide if we needed to bring it or not. After awhile, I got into a groove and everything came together. I was pretty proud of myself, I felt that I really did think of everything. I didn't feel that once we arrived that I had to hunt down the closest Babies R Us to buy something that I had forgotten. We ended up packing my larget suitcase, my garment bag, Jeff's suitcase, Jillian's duffle bag, Jeff's golfclubs, the pack n play, the bouncer seat, the bumbo seat, a cooler, a large box full of extra diapers, wipes, rice cereal, bottles, and all sorts of other miscellaneous baby items. We were packed to the gills, I don't think one more item could not have fit into the back of our Saturn Vue. Looking back, I wish I would have taken a picture of all our stuff!
We wanted to leave on a Friday night, however, with Jillian's trip to the ER on Thursday, we decided to play it safe and leave early Saturday morning. Jillian woke us up at 4am on Saturday morning as she normally does for her nightly feeding. I fed her, made a pot of coffee, packed up a few last minutes items, and we were out the door by 5:30am. Once we were on the road we realized the Jeff's brother had also left around the same time we did so we decided to stop off in Wytheville, Virginia to have lunch at the local Cracker Barrel. After our stop, we got back on the road and arrived in Myrtle Beach around 5pm. I was a little nervous on how Jillian was going to handle the twelve hour drive but she did so well. She slept most of the morning and I kept her entertained with a bag of toys that I kept in the front seat with me. Around eight hours into our drive, she had enough. She became extremely fussy and no longer was interested in any of her toys. I ended up riding in the back seat with her for the remainder of the trip and that perked her right up. As long as I was back there with her, she was as happy as could be!
Feeding her on the road was interesting! Jillian is still mostly breast fed, however, I ended up packing three bottles of distilled water and three servings of formula stored in a formula dispenser. The formula dispenser is divided into three sections so it was easy to dump in one serving of formula into a bottle with the distilled water. I fed her once on our stop at The Cracker Barrel and the other times I sat in the back with her and fed her a bottle. I wasn't able to burp her but she did OK. When we would stop for gas, I would make sure that we got Jillian out of her carseat and I would try burping her then. Since we were in the car for twelve hours, I ended up pumping three times in the car. That was a bit challenging! I had to some how hold a blanket over me at the same time I was trying to hold the two pumping funnels. I certainly didn't want to give any nosy truck drivers a cheap thrill!!!! We stored the pumped milk in our cooler and it stayed chilled until we arrived at the condo.
After several stops along the way to feed and change Jillian, and a one hour traffic jam trying to get into Myrtle Beach, we finally made it! It was a long twelve hour trip, but it was worth it. We were finally there!
We are very fortunate that our condo has three swimming pools and is only a two minute walk from the beach. Our swimming possibilities are quite endless! I was so excited to see what Jillian thought of the pool. She loves her bath time and I had a feeling that she would think of it as one big bath tub. At first, she was a little unsure of the water. By the end of the week, she started to put her face in the pool and drink the pool water. Mommy had to nip that in the bud real quick!
The view of the pool from the balcony of our condo.
Our family at the pool.
My sweet girl swimming.
Takings a much needed break from all of the swimming for a quick snack!
My favorite picture from the pool.